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TAG : Iowa

Growing Up in Iowa, Across Generations

The other day I started to take a walk down memory lane, visiting some of my favorite memories of my childhood. Arguably, I grew up in the last generation that wouldn’t be totally inundated by technology throughout their whole childhood. But, what about the generations before me? How ...

A Final Hour on the Farm Where I Was Raised

Dear friends, Do you still get to visit your childhood home? I’m 73 and the youngest in my family. My parents have been gone for several years, and the farm where I was raised was sold long ago. We just passed it on the way to visit relatives a few days ago, taking in all that has stayed the ...

Good Times and Hickory Nuts

I was lucky enough to have grown up in Iowa in a family that honored old timey ways, including hunting for hickory nuts. Many of you will know what I’m talking about. My dad was an avid hunter and regularly brought rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, ducks and fish to the table. He hunted with ...

Happy to Be Here

This is my first blog for the Capper Farmer family and, boy, oh howdy, I can tell you I am happy to be here. It’s an honor to be among you, and I can’t wait to join the discussion about all-things-small in farming and homesteading. I even have a discussion point for this introductory ...

Resilient Birth on an Iowa Homestead

Over 100 years ago, so the story goes, my great-grandparents traveled from the East to an Iowa homestead. A new child, the sixth, was expected soon, and when the family came to the last town before their destination, it was thought wise for Great-grandmother to remain there until after the ...

Patience Thy Name is Eagle…Bored Thou Art a 9 Year Old

It's Just a Matter of TimeYou only have a few more days to see the height of patience as the Decorah, Iowa, eagles sit on their three eggs.  The folks at the Raptor Research Project expect the first eaglet to hatch between March 23 and 25.  That’s this week!   If you haven’t been to ...

Harrison County, Iowa Settlers Encountered Incredible Snow

Early Harrison County, Iowa settlers built their barns and houses in the timber and used the open prairie for grazing. There were reasons: Although the soil was very rich in the timber, settlers had to clear the ground before it could be planted, a task which required much time and labor. And ...

Fast Work Saves Home From Prairie Fire

The long grass around our home increased the danger of prairie fire taking our homestead in the early days in Iowa. One morning, Father was taking milk to the creamery miles away when the sky began to look like fire could be raging toward our home. When he got to the creamery, he learned that, ...

Railroad Stories: Railroad Job Opportunities Often Turned Into Rewarding Career

I was born in Valley Junction, Iowa, now West Des Moines. Valley Junction was a railroad town located at the junction of two railroads in the Raccoon River valley. My father, uncles and grandfather were among the many who took advantage of the railroad job opportunities.My father worked in the ...

Readers’ Recipes – June 2009

Summer Punch1 cup lemon juice1 cup raspberry juice2 cups loganberry juice3 mint leaves, crushedMix all ingredients together thoroughly. Serve in tall glasses over crushed ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, if desired. Suzan WienerSpring Hill, Fla.Buttery Garlic Chicken1/3 cup margarine½ cup ...

Recipes: Lost and Found June 2009

Angel Doughnuts2 eggs1 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons shortening, melted and slightly cooled1 cup milk4 tablespoons corn syrup½ cup sugar6 cups flour4 teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoon nutmegPowdered sugarIn a bowl, combine eggs, salt, shortening, milk, corn syrup and sugar; blend thoroughly.In ...

Readers’ Recipes – May 2009

Fresh and Tasty ColeslawThis slaw is easy to make and adds a little zing to any meal.2 pounds shredded cabbage¼ cup grated carrot3 tablespoons canola oil3 tablespoons tarragon vinegar¼ cup grated onion2/3 cup mayonnaise½ cup water½ teaspoon saltIn a bowl, combine all ingredients; mix well. ...

Lost and found recipes

Jerri Hickinbotham, of Alton, Mo., requested a recipe for an apple cake made with cocoa. This recipe for Applesauce Cake was contributed by Joyce P. Capper, of Fort Worth, Texas, and was published in CAPPER’S Feb. 13, 1996.Applesauce Cake½ cup butter or shortening2 cups sugar1 teaspoon ...

Reader’s Recipes – April 2009

Fluffy Orange SaladThis fruity salad is a refreshing springtime treat.2½ cups water2 boxes (3 oz. each) orange gelatin1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese20 marshmallows1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineappleMandarin orange segmentsIn a saucepan, heat water; add gelatin and mix until dissolved. Add cream ...